Dog days of Christmas

We had a very very busy December, as we traveled to all nine PetPeople stores taking photos of dogs. We partnered with a different local rescue organization at each store so it was great to help dogs all over central Ohio and meet the folks from all those animal charities. Plus we got to meet the sweetest and funniest and most rambunctious dogs in Columbus. We encountered dogs and cats (and bunnies) from every part of Ohio and other states who came in for their holiday portraits.

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Sweet, tiny little Charlie was a rescue dog who came in with his adoring human. He has a sad history and is scared of men. He was even a bit timid around me, so I took extra care to be cautious, take my time, and let him come over to me. Charlie opened up at a bit as he got more comfortable, but boy his eyes didn't leave his mom! I told everyone that I have no personal bubbles, so come get close to me so their dog's eyes follow them and look as closely as possible at the camera. We got a really good one of Charlie here! I can't stop gazing at his sweet little face. I love this dog. (I probably say that about every dog, but Charlie stands out in my mind due to his backstory and the attachment he had to his mom.)

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Speaking of headshots, how awesome is Paige? She has such a ladylike, grown-up name.

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Regis! He's a black goldendoodle and a total ham. This dog was all personality. He's 100% curious loving floppy silly puppy.

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These huskies came to the Westerville PetPeople store when there were SO MANY dogs waiting in line. They were good boys but the sheer volume of people and dogs was too much for them. I was so glad that their family brought them back at the end of the day and we got some special photos made for them. This one makes me laugh because of the ears and the tongues and the big grins on their faces.

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And speaking of ears being perked up - look at these three pups! They clearly know how to pose and how to work their angles like pro models. Love the elf ears on their Santa hats. Their person left them in the car for a second to see how many dogs we had in the store. She brought them back in at the tail end (excuse the pun!) of our last day. They were a little antsy on their leashes waiting to get started, so I had no way of knowing they'd be AMAZING at posing. Clearly their doting mom works with them. She lined them up then moved away and we just starting snapping photos. I wouldn't have guessed the little guy in the middle was new to the family. What an obedient pack!

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This was a funny pack, too. All dressed in complementary plaid doggie sweaters, these pups were great. This is a good one of them. Luke looks so sweet and happy. Kimber is licking his nose wanting to be finished. Ellie looks intrigued by her family off-camera, distancing herself a little from her brothers, like "I don't claim these two."

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Some dogs were so talkative when they were posing! Huskies especially. Not a full bark like my dog does when she's impatient for treats, but rather a whiny screech to let me know to hurry up. I can't recall if Nova did that, but I remember wondering if it was definitely huskies' signature bark.

One last close-up. I love the tongue lick. The little sweater and the scarf on Jasper is perfect for this little gentleman.

I have some holiday portraits of dogs and kids that are too sweet for words, so pictures will have to do! Look for those in an upcoming blog post.

We're finished with PetPeople holiday portraits for the year and it was a wild ride. Thanks to everyone who came out for their dogs' and cats' and rabbits' portraits. PetPeople was wonderful to us, and of course a special thanks to Canine Collective, Pet Promise, Rescued Ohio, and Pets without Parents. We are happy to partner with everyone and hope the holidays are brighter for homeless pets.